With the globe still hurting from the coronavirus and vaccine disparities, particularly in Africa, there is solace that Abdulrazak Gurnah won the Nobel Prize, and Damon Galgut won the Booker Prize. Africa’s music is finally receiving its due. This year’s top 10 hit songs from the African soundscape are listed below.
‘Essence’ by Wizkid featuring Terms
Wizkid, after failing to break into the American pop charts with soca-inflected tracks, enlisted the R&B-strewn Alté-sound princess Terms to release what might likely be the biggest Afrobeats single yet on recent Soul Train nominations and this summer’s parties.
‘Forever (Remix)’ by Gyakie and Omah Lay (Ghana)
Ghana-born With poet Omah Lay, Gyakie hits her debut Seed EP’s breakout a new lease on life, resulting in a duet proving the persistence of a romantic proposition. With his ability to bend words, you can count on Omah Lay to lay it on thick. It is a rare occurrence when a remix improves by leaps and bounds.
‘Abalele,’ Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa feat. Ami Faku (South Africa)
‘Abalele’ is that mid-tempo ear candy for starting parties or springing encores on inebriated revellers at small hours, with dreamy dance beats and a sonorous vocal delivery.
It is an apologetic love song, but one that would demand its choreography.
‘Ke Star (Remix)’ by Focalistic and Davido, featuring Vigro Deep (South Africa)
This early Amapiano favourite of 2021 – with a Nigerian guest verse courtesy of Davido – was designed for an army of revellers, a masterclass made from the acoustic bones of computerised drumming and minimalist refrains. Furthermore, you can check the details of recent pop music at ipropaganda..
‘Lewjah Tani,’ by Saad Lamjarred and Zouhair Bahaoui (Morocco)
The Moroccan superstars’ Saad Lamjarred and Zouhair Bahaoui’s duet, ‘Lewjah Tani,’ is classic pop music that will brighten any mood. The song’s sweet lyrics match the pop duo’s honeyed voices, with thundering drums and strings filling in rhythmic gaps.
‘Godly’ by Omah Lay (Nigeria)
This tune off his sophomore EP What Have We Done, released shortly after his run-in with Ugandan law enforcement, continues to highlight the lyrical and rhythmic elegance of this crooner, who hails from Port Harcourt. The same city gave us Burna Boy.
‘Yaba Buluku (Remix)’ by DJ Tarico and Burna Boy, featuring Preck and Nelson Tivane (Mozambique)
‘Yaba Buluku,’ which loosely translates to something is in the pants,’ was released as a song off Mozambique DJ/producer DJ Tarico’s sixth major project and features Nigerian Burna Boy to give an enormous chant-driven anthem of 2021.
‘Second Sermon,’ Black Sherif (Ghana)
Black Sherif, a 19-year-old, has seen it all. While ‘First Sermon’ painted a bleak picture of his rise to fame with social commentary on his hometown, ‘Second Sermon,’ a gritty drill song, casts him as an articulate street preacher without the sanctimony a pulpit.